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Friday, 24 February 2017

Your YouTube #105

Last week I wrote about how ready my children were for half term. I'm not sure they were ready for the amount of stuff we had packed in for them! We went down south as soon as school finished last Friday and spent a few days with family before three very full days in London. My son even fell asleep at a table in a restaurant, which was the first time he's ever done it (and he's nearly eight). It's been a great trip and we really have done so much. We all now need to chill out a bit and relax before they start back at school again on Monday.

This week I've chosen a video from Becky at Diary of a Fat Bottomed Girl. It's a video I hoped I would never have to watch, let alone them have to make it. Becky and Chris have documented their journey through Chris' diagnosis and treatment of Ewing Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. I was delighted for them back in November when Chris had finished treatment and was clear of cancer. This video explains why that fight isn't over just yet. They're a wonderful couple and I know they will keep on fighting with a smile on their faces!


Friday, 17 February 2017

Your YouTube #104

We are so ready for half term in this house! We had a busy weekend with ten guests in, some of whom slept on the sofas in the living room rather than their comfy beds upstairs. There *might* have been some alcohol consumed! We're off to London, via Leicester today, and tomorrow I am going to my first ever YouTube Creator Day, which I'm really excited about. Then we have two days in London with the kids which are jam-packed with  activities. I'm most looking forward to going to the pub my husband and I used to go to after work eighteen years ago!

This week I have chosen a video from Deborah at Hello Deborah. Her day in the life vlog was a really lovely insight into what she does in her day. It was a pretty productive day too, including building a cot bed, and I love that she had been using the crib from when she was little too! The swimming lessons look fantastic, although it looks a bit scary when they first go underwater!


Friday, 10 February 2017

Your YouTube #103

After a completely full-on week last week, it's been a little more relaxed this week, largely due to a stinking cold which I woke up with on Monday. I have just kept going, as we have to when we have children and a business to run. The B&B is full this weekend and we've been adding the finishing touches to the bathrooms before they arrive. It's going to be a bit of a shock to the system having the house full, but I'm looking forward to it.

This week I have chosen a video from Alison  at Not Another Mummy Blog. Her vlog from a trip to New Park Manor in Brockenhurst made me really want to take the children away on an adventure together. The hotel looked amazing and I loved how welcome children were. The pool looked really inviting too. Will have to add it to the list of places we would like to visit!


Friday, 3 February 2017


This weekend we went to Oxygen Free Jumping in Leeds thanks to Swisse Vitamins. Sadly I couldn't jump thanks to my ankle, but my children and husband all decided to give it a go.


Your YouTube #102

We've had a bit of a mental week, with a long story about a cat and a tumble-dryer, I shall go into more detail in a video next week. Thankfully, said cat is ok and my nerves are just about intact. We're going away for a couple of nights with friends tomorrow and I'm really excited about it. I have been working non-stop during school hours, painting the B&B bathrooms and one bedroom. It's been hard work and I'm totally not used to being on my feet all day! I love the results though, so it's definitely worth it.

This week I have chosen a video from my fellow host Lisa from HollyBobbs. Real life parenting is important to see. It's not all glamour, happiness and getting on. Sometimes it's tough and you can feel like you're hitting your head against a brick wall. What makes it even harder for Lisa is that she suffers from a chronic illness. I can't even begin to imagine how difficult that must be. It's important to see the bad times as well as the good.


Wednesday, 1 February 2017

January Month in a Minute 2017

Here is the first month in a minute of 2017! January and February tend to be quite busy family and friend months for us. Throughout the B&B season we don't have much time to do things together as a family, so we try and pack it all in before the season starts. We've done lots of walks together and enjoyed some trips out. It's also been a time to renovate the B&B and has seen my mum and I painting for the past three days non-stop. It's been really nice working with my mum and although I'm shattered at the end of painting all day, it's great to see some good progress. Without further ado, here is my month in a minute for January.


Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Margaret Dabbs Medical Pedicure Review

I'm not very good at taking time out for myself, or a day off. I'm especially bad at pampering myself or having any kind of beauty treatments. Since I took up running last year, my feet have taken a battering and had hard skin on them. I was invited to go to Harrogate for a Margaret Dabbs Medical Pedicure.

Margaret Dabbs Clinic

Margaret Dabbs is the authority on feet and the pioneer of the medical pedicure. It is a 45 minute treatment which created baby soft soles. The pedicure is performed at a foot clinic by a qualified Podiatrists. The forty-five minute treatment costs £85.00 with a Podiatrist, or £130 if with the Director or Principal Podiatrist.

Margaret Dabbs Harrogate

The clinic in Harrogate is newly opened and beautifully designed. The clinic room for the 
treatment is a good size and I really enjoyed the peppermint tea I was offered. Whilst I was receiving the pedicure, I was also treated to a manicure. I couldn't believe how much work my nails could do with work too. They are often ignored and I spend most days washing my hands loads in the B&B, so they dry out quickly. They looked amazing after a little work!

Margaret Dabbs podiatrist

Simone, a Senior Podiatrist carried out the medical pedicure. It is a complete foot overhaul. One of the unique elements is that it is performed on a dry foot to ensure exceptionally long lasting results. It also means there is less chance of hurting the foot. My feet were totally transformed, and although I was a bit nervous about the scalpel which removed dead and dry skin. I needn't have been though as it was completely painless. My toenails were then shaped, buffed and re-hydrated. My feet even sparkled at the end!

Medical Pedicure results

It wasn't painful in the slightest and it also didn't tickle, which was a bonus as I usually refrain from anyone touching my feet. Nearing the end of the pedicure, the chair I was sitting in became a massage chair and I was also attached to an oxygen headset which made me feel more awake and energised. Afterwards, my feet were left feeling incredibly smooth afterwards. 

Margaret Dabbs products
Margaret Dabbs London

I treated myself to the Hydrating Foot Soak and have been using it after going for a run. It's really nice to hydrate my feet after a run and I'm really hoping to keep the hard parts off my feet for good now. It is also effective in providing relief from puffy feet and cracked nails.

Margaret Dabbs pedicure result

I am really pleased with the results of the pedicure and my feet are still looking good now. Friends commented that I looked more relaxed and brighter after the treatment and it really was a wonderful experience. I will definitely be going back again. To top off the day, I filmed a Day in The Life vlog, which you can watch below.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary Margaret Dabbs Medical Pedicure and also a manicure for the purpose of this review.


Friday, 27 January 2017

Your YouTube #101

Yesterday I survived having five children in my house (two of them mine), who came over after school for tea. I was amazed at how differently they played. The boys were loud, exuberant, played football inside and were a little destructive. The girls on the other hand did some art, baked cakes and played beautifully in my daughter's room. Thankfully I dropped them all off at cubs and beavers and had an hour to myself to get the place straight again!

I have picked Louise from A Strong Coffee video this week. Her top tips for de-cluttering are really useful and I definitely need to take note. Having moved into a house which is jam-packed with vintage finds, I really need to get rid of the things we no longer need or use. I'm pretty good at getting rid of kids clothes and baby things, but it's more sentimental objects. This year I am determined to sort out the amount of stuff we have!


Monday, 23 January 2017

C9 FIT Forever Living Review #ForeverBringIt #ad

I'm not one to jump on a bandwagon and I'm not particularly good at New Year's resolutions, but when I weighed myself after Christmas and discovered I was the heaviest I have ever been, I realised I needed to really do something about it. I haven't been able to run regularly since I damaged my ankle in November, but I have been eating the same amount that I had when I was very active, which was a mistake! I am determined that this year I am going to get back to a healthy weight and get back to exercising regularly. I know I'm not unfit, but I also know I could be fitter. I've signed up for a Tough Mudder this summer and I am determined to do it well, which is going to take a bit of work! I could do with losing some weight to make it easier to drag my sorry backside through the assault course. What I needed was something to kickstart my weight loss, that would drag me out of the post-Christmas lethargy. I have previously reviewed the C9 FIT from Forever Living and I have always had good results.


Friday, 20 January 2017

Your YouTube #101

Welcome back to Your YouTube. I don't know if it's just me, but I'm finding it hard to get everything done at the moment. We're just about to start re-decorating the bathrooms and one of the bedrooms, along with making a guest lounge for the B&B guests. I feel like I'm chasing my tail, whilst trying to sort everything out!

I have picked Emma from Free From Farmhouse's video this week. Her video about what to pack when you fly with food allergies is such an informative and important video. Anyone who needs to take medication with them should also have a watch. I hadn't really thought about the fact that flying with any kind of allergy would mean you would have to take extra things with you on the plane.

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